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Centre for Decision Research Scholarship


Key facts

Monday 15 February 2021
Funding start date
Friday 1 October 2021
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Key staff
Dr Nicky Shaw
Additional staff
Professor Peter Ayton
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The Centre for Decision Research does work in a range of topics considering decision making from both behavioural and analytic perspectives. The Centre has a strong interdisciplinary focus that has led to research collaborations across a wide range of academic disciplines, with much work being applied and externally funded. Members of the Centre publish extensively in academic journals, edited books and practitioner journals, as well as presenting at major national and international conferences.<br /> <br /> As a doctoral student in the centre you will benefit from a supportive environment with the opportunity to present and get feedback informally, as well as to disseminate your work through the Centre&#039;s seminar series, which is promoted outside the university. <br />

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>To find out more about the Centre for Decision Research and the projects taking place there please go to <a href=""></a></p> <p>Proposals are welcomed in any area of decision research. The following topics are currently under investigation (see <a href=""></a> for details on supervisor interest in topics):</p> <ul> <li>Risk perception and communication</li> <li>Health and medical decision making</li> <li>Behavioural finance</li> <li>Consumer satisfaction using big data and data mining models.&nbsp;</li> <li>Individual differences in decision making, risk taking, and uncertainty tolerance, and their biopsychosocial antecedents</li> <li>Lifespan development of decision processes</li> <li>Development and utilisation of new decision support systems and new analytical techniques to support industry decision-making</li> <li>Mitigating the hypothetical bias in stated preference surveys</li> <li>New revealed preference data sources for non-market valuation</li> <li>Sustainability-related decision making</li> <li>Food-related decision making, developing risk (benefit) communications in relation to food and sustainability</li> <li>Individual decision making on finance and health, cognitive and/ or emotional perspectives</li> <li>Mining association rules from large data sets using dominance-based rough analysis</li> <li>Investigating ways of structuring decision-making problems</li> <li>Influencer marketing and consumer attitudes</li> <li>Online information and cryptocurrencies</li> <li>Eliciting preferences from decision makers using machine learning and multi-criteria decision analysis</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Faculty information</h2>

<div> <h4>Information about the Award</h4> <ul> <li>This competition is open to home and international applicants.&nbsp; One scholarship will be awarded.</li> </ul> <h4>Duration of the Award</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Full-time (3 years). The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress;</p> </li> </ul> <h4>Funding</h4> <ul> <li> <p>The award will cover full&nbsp;fees at the University of Leeds standard rate of fees.</p> </li> <li> <p>A maintenance grant at the standard UKRI rate (&pound;15,285&nbsp;in&nbsp;Session 2020/21).</p> </li> </ul> <h4>Other Conditions</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Applicants must <strong>not</strong> have already been awarded or be currently studying for a doctoral degree.&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>Awards must be taken up by 1 October 2021.</p> </li> <li> <p>The awards are available for new Postgraduate Researchers undertaking full-time or part-time research study leading to the degree of PhD. &nbsp;Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded&nbsp;from applying.</p> </li> <li> <p>&nbsp;Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <h2>Faculty information</h2> <div> <h4>Information about Leeds University Business School (LUBS)</h4> <ul> <li>We are a leading, full-service business school, regularly world ranked by the Financial Times, QS and The Economist, and one of a small number of schools worldwide to be triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.&nbsp;</li> <li>We are a top ten business and management research institution, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School is one of the leading higher education institutions in the UK, ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (QS rankings 2020) and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities.&nbsp;</li> <li>LUBS is a single-school Faculty of the University of Leeds, with annual income of &pound;74.5m and some 425 staff across six Divisions. Our mission is to make an exceptional impact on business and society globally through leadership in research and teaching.&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p><strong>Stage 1</strong>&nbsp;- first of all apply for a research place of study by completing a study&nbsp;<a href="">application form</a>.&nbsp; You will be expected to meet our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">eligibility criteria</a>&nbsp;for PhD candidates, including the english language requirements if your first language is not english.&nbsp;Once you have received your&nbsp;student ID number&nbsp;<em>(a 9 digit number)</em>&nbsp;move onto stage 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>Stage 2</strong>&nbsp;- apply for the Leeds University Business School Centre for Decision Research&nbsp;studentship by working your way through the application form found&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the&nbsp;<a href="">Faculty&#39;s minimum English language requirements</a>&nbsp;(below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p> </div>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Candidates should ideally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class undergraduate degree. In addition they should also hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification with a minimum average score of 60% (or equivalent), and in an appropriate academic discipline.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in the Leeds University Business School is an IELTS of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>